Houston at Arizona

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Diamondbacks 14, Astros 7

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PHOENIX -- John Hester will always remember his major league debut.

Thanks to Hester, Wilton Lopez may want to forget his.

Hester hit a towering homer in his first major league at-bat, and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored seven runs in the third inning on their way to a 14-7 rout of the Houston Astros on Friday night.

"That's a start that I can only wish for, and it came true," Hester said. "After that, I don't know what I'm going to do to follow up."

Pinch-hitting in the sixth, the 25-year-old Hester hit a 2-2 delivery from Lopez, also making his first appearance in the majors, an estimated 420 feet off the batter's eye in center field. The ball caromed back onto the field and wound up in Hester's locker.

When Hester got back to the dugout, he was mobbed by teammates who shoved him up the steps to answer a curtain call from the Chase Field crowd of 26,190.

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"I was like, 'Oh my God, this is really happening,' so I got up and gave them a curtain call," Hester said.

Hester became the 101st player to homer in his first major league at-bat -- and the second Diamondback to do it this season. Gerardo Parra homered in his first game on May 13 against Cincinnati.

"The curtain call, his first appearance at this stadium ... I just think it was a great cap to a great night," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said.

Hester awoke in Las Vegas, where Arizona's Triple-A Reno team was playing, and was called up to fill a roster spot that opened when the Diamondbacks dealt reliever Jon Rauch to Minnesota. Hester caught a flight to Phoenix, arriving at the ballpark around 2 p.m.

The Diamondbacks skipped batting practice, so Hester took a few cuts in the cage under the stands. He said he had time to settle in before Hinch summoned him to bat in the sixth.

"I had the adrenalin flowing," Hester said. "A little nervous, excited, kind of the culmination of everything I've worked after, and it just kind of all came together at the right time."

Alex Romero and Miguel Montero also homered for Arizona, which won for the third time in 12 games.

Jeff Keppinger and Hunter Pence homered for the Astros, who allowed only nine runs in winning two of three from the Diamondbacks last weekend in Minute Maid Park.

Fresh off an 11-0 victory over San Francisco in AT&T Park on Thursday night, the Diamondbacks rolled up 10 runs in the first three innings against the Astros. The blitz began against starter Yorman Bazardo (0-1), who gave up eight runs, eight hits and three walks in two-plus innings.

"He's just got to learn to command the zone with his fastball, and use his breaking ball and get it over," Houston manager Cecil Cooper said. "He didn't really have a breaking ball, I thought, tonight."

Houston took a 4-3 lead on Keppinger's two-run homer in the third off Arizona starter Max Scherzer (8-8). Then the roof caved in on the Astros.

The Diamondbacks' first seven batters in the third inning all scored.

Bazardo issued a walk and then gave up four consecutive hits, the last a two-run double by Parra.

Cooper brought in Lopez, who was called up from Double-A Corpus Christi earlier in the day when the club put righty Alberto Arias on the 15-day disabled list.

Lopez' flight landed at Sky Harbor Airport at about 5 p.m. and he made his major league debut 2½ hours later.

Lopez gave up a single to fellow rookie Brandon Allen on his second pitch and then yielded a three-run homer to Romero, who deposited the ball into the pool area in right-center field.

Lopez pitched four innings, allowing six runs and eight hits.

"For the first time here, I had bad luck," Lopez said through an interpreter. "I'll be able to learn from this."

Notes

Former Diamondbacks OF Luis Gonzalez will announce his retirement at a news conference on Saturday. Gonzalez is joining Arizona as a special assistant to president and CEO Derrick Hall. ... After singling home a run in the second, Drew was caught in a pickle between first and second and retired on a 9-1-6-4-6-1 putout. ... The Astros said LHP Wandy Rodriguez (12-8, 2.82 ERA) would pitch Sunday's series finale against Arizona ace RHP Dan Haren (12-8, 2.73 ERA).

 
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M. Montero
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
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H. Pence
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R 2
H 2
HR 1
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Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF4210121 .291
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4212111 .262
Lance Berkman, 1B4012021 .276
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
Carlos Lee, LF4000000 .310
Miguel Tejada, SS2100000 .303
    Sammy Gervacio, P0000000 .000
   a- Darin Erstad, PH-1B1000000 .214
Hunter Pence, RF4222010 .280
Kazuo Matsui, 2B4021010 .245
Humberto Quintero, C4000032 .240
Yorman Bazardo, P1000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P1000000 .000
   b- Edwin Maysonet, PH-SS2000010 .310
Totals35777211  
a-grounded out for Gervacio in the 8th
b-struck out for Lopez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Lance Berkman (27, Scherzer), Hunter Pence (19, Scherzer), Kazuo Matsui (16, Scherzer)
3B - Kazuo Matsui (2, Scherzer)
HR - Jeff Keppinger (5, Scherzer), Hunter Pence (20, Rosales)
RBI - Jeff Keppinger 2 (24), Lance Berkman 2 (63), Hunter Pence 2 (59), Kazuo Matsui (32)
2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (28), Kazuo Matsui (12)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Hunter Pence 1
DP - Matsui-Tejada-Berkman
Houston Astros
Yorman Bazardo (L,0-1) 2888300 9.75
Wilton Lopez 4866233 13.50
Sammy Gervacio 1000020 1.08
LaTroy Hawkins 1000010 1.95
WP - Wilton Lopez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Yorman Bazardo 44-24, Wilton Lopez 92-60, Sammy Gervacio 15-9, LaTroy Hawkins 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yorman Bazardo 4-0, Wilton Lopez 4-5, Sammy Gervacio 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0
Batters Faced - Yorman Bazardo 15, Wilton Lopez 22, Sammy Gervacio 3, LaTroy Hawkins 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS4122100 .265
    Augie Ojeda, SS0000000 .236
Ryan Roberts, 2B4220102 .294
Justin Upton, RF4120121 .304
Mark Reynolds, 3B4112113 .283
Miguel Montero, C5222000 .293
Gerardo Parra, LF4112011 .288
    Trent Oeltjen, LF1000000 .250
Brandon Allen, 1B4330110 .333
Alex Romero, CF4213013 .270
Max Scherzer, P2010000 .178
   a- John Hester, PH11120001.000
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
Totals3714161356  
a-homered for Scherzer in the 6th
Batting
2B - Miguel Montero (26, Bazardo), Gerardo Parra (15, Bazardo), Brandon Allen (2, Lopez)
HR - Miguel Montero (13, Lopez), Alex Romero (1, Lopez), John Hester (1, Lopez)
SH - Max Scherzer (5)
RBI - Stephen Drew 2 (56), Mark Reynolds 2 (88), Miguel Montero 2 (47), Gerardo Parra 2 (50), Alex Romero 3 (17), John Hester 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew (18), John Hester 2 (2)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alex Romero 1
E - Stephen Drew 2 (10, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Max Scherzer (W,8-8) 6565281 4.26
Leo Rosales 2111031 5.12
Juan Gutierrez 1100000 4.29
HBP - Tejada (by Max Scherzer)
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 107-73, Leo Rosales 29-20, Juan Gutierrez 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 5-5, Leo Rosales 3-1, Juan Gutierrez 1-2
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 26, Leo Rosales 8, Juan Gutierrez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26190
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Dale Scott